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  • ReillSmith plays in 1st playoff game Friday
    Reilly Smith will play in his first NHL playoff game Friday against Detroit.

    Advice: Smith was a nice surprise this season. As the player added into the Tyler Seguin-Loui Eriksson deal, Smith exceeded all expectations with 50 points. Boston coach Claude Julien is a big fan of Smith and believes he will have no trouble adapting to NHL playoff hockey. "I don't think that he gets overly excited to a point where it effects him", Julien said. "He's pretty even keeled. Like I said before, if there's anything, he has a tendency to get hard on himself and he demands and expects a lot, but I don't think this is going to be an issue for him". Smith may make a nice late round selection in playoff pools this post-season as he plays on a line with playoff wizard Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. Rotoworld.com
    16 minutes ago
  • Kevan Miller good to go Friday
    Kevan Miller should be able to suit up for Game 1 of the opening round of the playoffs on Friday against Detroit.

    Advice: He missed two games of practice this week due to the flu but was able to participate in the team's workouts on Thursday and looks good to go. Although the Bruins are epxected to go deep into the playoffs, we do not anticipate Miller being a key offensive contributor. Rotoworld.com
    23 minutes ago
  • Bartkowski has flu may not play Friday
    Matt Bartkowski is listed as questionable for Friday's opening game of the playoffs against the Red Wings.

    Advice: He is battling the flu and did not practice this week. If Bartkowski can't go, Andrej Meszaros will dress in his place. Rotoworld.com
    26 minutes ago
  • Paille doubtful for Friday's game v Detroit
    Daniel Paille did not practice this week and is unlikely to play Friday in Game 1 of the opening round of the playoffs against Detroit.

    Advice: He is still experiencing concussion-like symptoms. Jordan Caron skated in Paille's place on the Bruins' fourth line during scrimmages Thursday and will likely take his place in Friday's contest against the Red Wings. Consider Paille day-to-day until further notice. Rotoworld.com
    29 minutes ago
     
    Day-to-Day
    L, 3-2 @ NJ
  • Chris Kelly likely out for Game 1 Friday
    Chris Kelly will likely be out of the Boston lineup for Friday's opening game of the playoffs.

    Advice: He is still nursing a back injury that prevented him from practicing Thursday. Justin Florek skated for Kelly on the Bruins' third line during practice on Thursday and may suit up in his place Friday against Detroit. Consider Kelly day-to-day for now. Rotoworld.com
    34 minutes ago
     
    Day-to-Day
    L, 3-2 @ NJ
  • Quick awful in loss
    Jonathan Quick let in five goals on only 28 shots in Los Angeles' 6-3 loss to San Jose Thursday night.

    Advice: Quick was pulled off after the second period and Martin Jones replaced him. Jones stopped all four shots he faced in the third period. The Kings and the Sharks will play again on Sunday night and suddenly it is not so clear that Quick will start again then. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:07 am
  • Voynov scores in loss
    Slava Voynov scored a goal in Los Angeles' 6-3 loss to San Jose in Game 1 of their opening round playoff series Thursday night.

    Advice: Voynov cut the lead to 5-2 at 6:55 when he knocked down a clearing attempt by Antti Niemi and shrugged off a check from James Sheppard before snapping in a shot from the right circle. Voynov is now on a five-game point streak with two goals and four assists over that span. Defenseman Jake Muzzin and Trevor Lewis also scored for the Kings. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:03 am
  • Niemi solid in Sharks win
    Antti Niemi turned aside 31 of 34 shots in San Jose's 6-3 win over Los Angeles Thursday night.

    Advice: Niemi was perfect in the first two periods, but in the third period he allowed three goals. Niemi ended his regular season with a 39-17-7 record and he will be the number one goalie for the Sharks in the playoffs. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:59 am
  • Hertl scores as the Sharks beat the Kings
    Tomas Hertl scored a goal and registered an assist in San Jose's 6-3 win over Los Angeles in Game 1 of their opening round playoff series Thursday night.

    Advice: Hertl, who missed most of the regular season with a knee injury, played a solid game and scored his first career playoff goal. Brent Burns and Marc-Edouard Vlasic both had a goal and an assist for the Sharks, while James Sheppard added two helpers in the win. Patrick Marleau, Raffi Torres and Joe Thornton also scored for the Sharks. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:56 am
  • Suter scores in loss
    Ryan Suter scored a goal in Minnesota's 5-4 overtime loss to Colorado Thursday night in Game 1 of their first round playoff series.

    Advice: Wild defenseman Suter broke a 1-1 tie at 11:05 of the second period on a power-play when he moved in from the blue line and put a screen shot past Semyon Varlamov. Suter logged 31:11 of ice time in the match, which was a game-high total. Charlie Coyle, Erik Haula and Kyle Brodziak also scored for the Wild, while Zach Parise added two helpers in the loss. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:44 am
  • Stastny lifts Avalanche to win vs. Wild
    Paul Stastny scored at 7:27 of overtime Thursday to give the Colorado Avalanche a 5-4 come-from-behind win against the Minnesota Wild in Game 1 of their Western Conference First Round series.

    Advice: The Avalanche sent the game to overtime when Stastny scored with 13.4 seconds to play in regulation during a 6-on-5 skating situation. Stastny also registered an assist in the win. Jamie McGinn and Ryan O'Reilly both had a goal and an assist, while Gabriel Landeskog also scored for the Avalanche. Rookie Nathan MacKinnon assisted on three goals, while defenseman Tyson Barrie added two helpers in the victory. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:32 am
  • Brent Seabrok plays well despite loss
    Brent Seabrook registered a goal and an assist for Chicago, but ended up on the losing end as the Blackhawks dropped a 4-3 decision in triple-overtime to St. Louis Thursday.

    Advice: Seabrook's performance was quite something, but it wasn't enough to allow Chicago to avoid dropping Game 1 of their first round playoff series in heartbreaking fashion. Johnny Oduya and Patrick Kane also found the back of the net for the Blackhawks in the loss. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:51 pm
  • Corey Crawford suffers tough luck in loss
    Corey Crawford was the hard luck loser for Chicago in Thursday's 4-3 triple-overtime loss to the Blues.

    Advice: Crawford performed admirably in the defeat as he turned aside 47 of the 51 shots he faced in just over five periods of hockey. He may not have come away with a win in this scenario, but he has proven the ability to step up when it counts in the past. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:47 pm
  • Ryan Miller stands tall in OT win over Hawks
    Ryan Miller was excellent in goal for the Blues Thursday night as they outlasted Chicago to earn a 4-3 triple-overtime win in Game 1 of their opening round playoff series.

    Advice: Miller allowed three goals on 42 shots in the victory, during which he played over 100 grueling minutes. Given how well he performed in this playoff opener, the Blues are certainly happy to have acquired him when they did. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:44 pm
  • Alex Steen ends marathon OT to lift Blues
    Alexander Steen's goal 26 seconds into the third overtime period gave the Blues a 4-3 win over Chicago in Game 1 of their first round playoff series Thursday night.

    Advice: Steen knocked a nifty little pass from Steve Ott into the back of the net soon after the third extra frame began and sent the Blues fans home happy. Adam Cracknell, Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz also scored for St. Louis in the thrilling victory. If the rest of the series is as exciting as this game, it could lead to widespread heart attacks for fans of both teams. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • Antti Niemi will start Game 1 vs. Los Angeles
    Antti Niemi will start in Game 1 against Los Angeles.

    Advice: The Sharks made some waves when they didn't immediately name their starter for Thursday's playoff opener, but it shouldn't come as a surprise that Niemi will get the nod. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:01 am
  • Hawks confident with Corey Crawford in goal
    The Blackhawks are very confident with goaltender Corey Crawford despite his doubters outside of Chicago.

    Advice: "I don't know why, that's a good question," Bryan Bickell said. "He's our backbone. He's our goalie, and that's one of the reasons we're going to keep him here long term because he is one of the elite goalies in this league." Crawford was solid during the regular season and he was great when Chicago won the Stanley Cup last year. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:50 am
  • Tomas Hertl practices on Sharks' third line
    Tomas Hertl skated on the Sharks' third line during Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: Take that with a grain of salt because San Jose keeps altering its lines. Hertl was playing on the top line before he suffered a major knee injury and he might end up back in that role at various points during the playoffs. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:20 pm
  • Sharks won't say who Game 1 starter is
    The San Jose Sharks aren't naming their starting goaltender for Game 1.

    Advice: The fact that it's even possible that backup goalie Alex Stalock might start over Antti Niemi is telling. Niemi dropped off from his superb 2013 numbers with a 2.39 GAA and .913 save percentage in 64 games this season. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:52 am
  • Ryan Miller seeks rebound in postseason
    Ryan Miller will be looking to get back on track in the playoffs.

    Advice: "Obviously it's been a tough stretch as far as goals-against, but I don't feel like I'm in a really bad place," Miller said. "I feel like I'm in a pretty good place, honestly. ...I can compete. I just have to worry about battling and competing. It was going to be the same job no matter what. Once you get to the playoffs everybody's at zeros, so compete." He owns a 10-8-1 record with a 2.47 GAA and a .903 save percentage since joining the Blues, but he lost five games in a row to end the regular season and allowed 18 goals over that span. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 11:00 am
  • Daniel Paille (UBI) is expected to be fine
    The Bruins apparently received "good news" regarding Daniel Paille after he had to be helped off the ice Saturday.

    Advice: He is doing "very well" and it sounds like he could be ready to play when the postseason begins. The Bruins and Detroit don't open their first-round series until Friday. It was initially feared that Paille may have suffered a concussion after he was belted by Buffalo's Jake McCabe, but he reportedly passed those tests. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:19 am
     
    Day-to-Day
    L, 3-2 @ NJ
  • Steen searches for first goal since return
    Alexander Steen had just one shot on goal in the Blues' 3-0 loss on Sunday.

    Advice: Steen hasn't found the back of the net since returning from an upper-body injury on April 8. All the same, this has been by far the best season of his career with 33 goals and 62 points in 67 contests. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 12:20 pm
  • Ryan Miller suffers sixth straight loss
    Ryan Miller kicked out 18 of 21 shots in a 3-0 loss to Detroit on Sunday.

    Advice: Miller allowed a goal in each period of the season finale. He's allowed at least three goals in six consecutive games and has lost of all them. The Blues have to hope that their regular season slump doesn't carry into the playoffs, especially seeing as they will face the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks in the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 12:17 pm
  • Tomas Hertl plays with Thornton and Burns
    Tomas Hertl returned to his original line on Saturday.

    Advice: Hertl played alongside Joe Thornton and Brent Burns and look for the trio to play together once the first round of the playoffs get underway starting on Wednesday. He is worth selecting fairly high in playoff pools if you think that the Sharks are going far into the playoffs. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:34 am
  • G Jonathan Quick stops 21 in shootout defeat
    Goaltender Jonathan Quick made 21 saves as he and the Los Angeles Kings were defeated 4-3 in a shootout by the visiting Anaheim Ducks Saturday night.

    Advice: It was the Kings' final game of the regular season and it really didn't matter to them. Their playoff fate already was sealed as they will meet the San Jose Sharks in the first round, beginning next week. Quick finishes the regular season with a record of 27-17-4, a GAA of 2.07 and a save percentage of .915. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:50 pm
  • Sharks' G Antti Niemi stops 30 shots in win
    San Jose goaltender Antti Niemi made 30 saves to help the San Jose Sharks record a 3-2 victory against the Coyotes in Phoenix Saturday night.

    Advice: Niemi ends his regular season impressively, with a record of 39-17-7, a GAA of 2.39 and a save percentage of .913. San Jose will face the Los Angeles Kings in a Western Conference first round matchup in the coming week. The Sharks-Kings series will be a rematch of a 2013 Western Conference Semifinal that the Kings won in seven games. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:04 pm